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New Food Allergens Laws and Guidance Progressing Further

BY Lee Craig
Health & Safety

On January 23rd The Food Standards Agency published a consultation to reflect changes to food allergen labelling legislation in England which comes into effect on 1 October 2021.

The legislative changes introduced in September 2019, following the death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse. These changes are supported by Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland,  introducing similar requirements.

From 1 October 2021, food which is packaged on-site before a customer selects or orders it, will be required to have an ingredients list with the allergens emphasised on it.

The FSA is now consulting on updates to its existing technical guidance to be considered in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, relevant guidance will be produced by Food Standards Scotland.

These updates will help businesses and enforcement authorities understand the new requirements.

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